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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (uncontaminated)
a. pure
Usa alcohol puro para borrar el marcador permanente.Use pure alcohol to remove permanent marker.
b. solid (metal)
Este anillo de oro puro cuesta un medio millón de dólares.This solid gold ring costs half a million dollars.
c. clean (air)
Necesito irme de la ciudad para respirar aire puro.I need to leave the city to breathe clean air.
2. (emphatic)
a. pure
Encontré la billetera que perdiste de pura casualidad.I've found the wallet you lost by pure chance.
b. sheer
Gritó a todos en el cuarto de pura rabia.She screamed at everyone in the room out of sheer rage.
3. (religious)
a. pure
Dice que solo se va a casar con una mujer que sea pura.He says he will only get married to a woman who is pure.
b. chaste
El sacerdote cree que solamente un hombre y una mujer puros pueden experimentar el amor verdadero.The priest believes only chaste men and women can experience true love.
4. (exclusively)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. only
Mi amigo de Ghana cree que en los Estados Unidos hay puros ricos.My friend from Ghana believes that there are only rich people in the United States.
b. just
¿Dijo que yo le robé dinero? Son puras mentiras.He said I stole his money? That's just lies.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
5. (tobacco)
a. cigar
Mi padre siempre fuma puros habanos cuando juega al póquer.My father always smokes Cuban cigars when he is playing poker.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
Regionalism used in Spain
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Me metieron un puro por fumar en el baño.They threw the book at me for smoking in the bathroom.
¿No puedes usar el automóvil por seis meses? ¡Qué puro!You're not allowed to drive the car for six months? That sucks!
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (limpio, sin mezcla)
a. pure
2. (oro)
a. solid
pura lana virgenpure wool
3. (cielo, atmósfera)
a. clear
4. (conducta, persona)
a. decent, honorable
5. (mero)
a. sheer
6. (verdad)
a. plain
por pura casualidadby pure chance
fue una pura coincidenciait was pure coincidence
me quedé dormido de puro cansancioI fell asleep from sheer exhaustion
7. (colloquial)
y ésta es la realidad pura y duraand that is the harsh reality of the matter
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
8. (cigarro)
a. cigar
puro habanoHavana cigar
9. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
meterle un puro a alguiento give somebody a row o rocket
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1 (sin mezcla) [+color, lenguaje] pure; [+aire] clean; [+oro] solid
pura sangre (caballo) thoroughbred
un caballo pura sangre disertó sobre la "Cría del pura sangre inglés" estaba con mi pura sangre en el cajón de salida este atleta internacional es un auténtico pura sangre a la derecha una pura sangre de TT F1: la campeona de Inglaterra de la especialidad el pura sangre trata de escalar la pirámide empresarial por méritos son países "pura sangre" en términos de estabilidad monetaria contemplamos los rostros pura sangre de esas campeonas de hockey
2 (con valor enfático) pure; simple
de puro aburrimiento out of sheer boredom; por pura casualidad by sheer chance
puro y duro
fue un timo puro y duro it was a straightforward o downright swindle; es un reaccionario puro y duro he's an out-and-out reactionary
3 (casto) pure; chaste
4 (Latinoamérica) (uno solo) only; just
me queda una pura porción I have just one portion left
5 especialmente (And) (Caribe) (México) (idéntico) identical
el hijo es puro el padre the son is exactly like his father
de puro bobo out of sheer stupidity; de puro cansado out of sheer tiredness; no se le ve el color de puro sucio it's so dirty you can't tell what colour it is; cosas que se olvidan de puro sabidas things which are so well known that they get overlooked
1 (also cigarro puro) cigar
puro habano Havana cigar
meter un puro a algn (gen) to throw the book at sb (familiar); (Mil) to put sb on a charge
a puro de by dint of; thanks only to
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